The idea that homosexuality is wrong is something that most hardcore Christian are taught from an early age. But for Tennessee native and conservative Christian Timothy Kurek, one thing was more important than his long-held religious beliefs: The chance to make money off a book deal. That’s why Kurek pretended to be gay for one year. Kurek recruited a fake boyfriend and “came out” to his family and friends, many of who cut off contact after hearing the news. During his year as an undercover gay, Kurek faced discrimination, resentment, alienation, and worst of all, one time a guy hit on him. But in the end, he learned a valuable lesson. Kathy Griffin is America’s most underrated comedian. Oh, and also, gay people are human beings like everybody else. From The Guardian UK:
There was a cost to the experiment. In order to gauge his mother's true reaction to the news that her son was gay, Kurek read her private journal. In it he found that she had written: "I'd rather have found out from a doctor that I had terminal cancer than I have a gay son." But Kurek's journey also became her own. Eventually she too was won over and changed her views. "My mom went from being a very conservative Christian to being an ally to the gay community. I am very proud of her," he said.
I’ve realized the key to writing a best-selling book. All you have to do is attempt something out of your comfort zone, talk about how it transformed your way of thinking, and then sit back and watch the checks roll in. Unfortunately all the good stuff has been done already. I would’ve loved to eat McDonald’s for a month, but that SuperSize Me guy beat me to it. It would have been cool to take 8 months off work and travel through South America Eat Pray Love-style, but I got bills to pay. I’m not anti-gay, so I couldn’t go that route. I doubt I could have successfully pulled off becoming a black man. I could’ve gotten a fat suit, but that would have given people Tyra Banks flashbacks. There wasn’t a lot to work with. That’s why, for my new book, I decided to become an Al Qaeda operative for a year. I spent one year training on monkey bars, bombing the streets of Beirut, screaming about Allah and building suicide vests. You know, I went into this experience thinking that terrorists were crazy idiots, and… umm, it turns out I was exactly right. They’re horrible. But hey, why am I giving away spoiler alerts? You can read about it in my new book, I Killed All Those Children For Nothing, available now in bookstores everywhere.